Incredible High-Resolution Earth From Space Imaging: Peruvian Andes

Peruvian Andes From Space

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This false-color image caught by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 objective includes the Andes mountains, in southern Peru. This image was processed in such a way that makes plant life appear blue, while irrigated plant life and farming shows up in brilliant blue. Credit: Contains customized Copernicus Sentinel information (2020), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

The Andes mountains, in southern Peru, are included in this false-color image caught by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 objective. This image was processed in such a way that makes plant life appear blue, while irrigated plant life and farming shows up in brilliant blue.

The Andes are thought about the longest continental range of mountains worldwide. They extend around 7000 km through 7 South American nations – from Venezuela in the north all the method to Chile in the south.

The range of mountains is the outcome of the Nazca and Antarctic tectonic plates moving under the South American plate in a geological procedure called subduction. Wind and water disintegration are likewise a significant aspect for the shaping of the landscape.

In this image, caught on June 16, 2020, parts of the Ica, Ayacucho and Arequipa Regions in Peru are included. Streams of water streaming from the high elevations, and through the valleys, supply water for watering to the close-by farming fields. Some of these farming plots can be seen in brilliant blue in the image.

The village of Puquio, with an elevation of over 3000 m, can be seen in the leading right of the image – surrounded by plant life. Directly to the left of Puquio, lies the Pampa Galeras National Reserve. This reserve secures the environment of the threatened vicuña, a wild camelid which reside in the high alpine locations of the Andes.

The clouds in the bottom-left of the image are an example of marine stratocumulus. These low-lying clouds are brought on by cooler waters in the Pacific Ocean being brought up to the surface area, cooling the air above it, and triggering water vapor to condense into water beads and, ultimately, clouds. Marine stratocumulus clouds typically establish off of Peru, with dominating winds pressing the clouds inland. As the clouds are low, they are quickly obstructed by seaside mountains and hills, such as the Andes.

Under the little cloud in the upper left of the image, lies the city of Nazca. Northwest of Nazca, the well-known website of the Nazca lines can be discovered (not noticeable). The Nazca lines are a group of geoglyphs, or illustrations, engraved into the surface area of the dry plain. The figures portray numerous plants, animals and lots of other shapes and cross a location of around 500 sq km.

Copernicus Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite objective. Each satellite brings a high-resolution cam that images Earth’s surface area in 13 spectral bands. The objective is primarily utilized to track modifications in the method land is being utilized and to keep track of the health of plant life.